African-Americans Snubbed by Oscars

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  • Ava DuVernay
  • David Oyelowo
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Danny Glover
  • Diahann Carroll
  • James Earl Jones
  • Diana Ross
  • Billy Dee Williams
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Angela Bassett
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Will Smith
  • Viola Davis
  • Derek Luke
  • Kimberly Elise
  • Mary J. Blige

Dorothy DandridgeCarmen Jones

Dorothy Dandridge was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Carmen Jones, and film historians and fans of her work must continuously wonder what different trajectory her real life would have taken if she had won the award. This Black adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen, directed by Otto Preminger, allowed Dandridge to breathe life, sexuality, vulnerability and vitality into a film portrayal of a Black woman (without nudity or explicit sex scenes) that hasn’t been seen since.

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